WELCOME FROM MANUEL
Our 2019 summer program is about artistic boldness; we are proud to present over 30 performances that invite you to embrace intense, soul-healing and unforgettable musical experiences in intimate and atmospheric venues here on the coast of Maine.
This year we explore the BEAUTY OF TRANSFORMATION, an idea that threads through programs in both the Summer Concert Series and our Screen Door Festival; the transformative inspiration of scientific thinkers catalyzes Jeffrey Zeigler’s fascinating solo cello project The Sound of Science; Schoenberg’s profound Transfigured Night will be played by three astonishing musicians who are challenging categorizations and characterizations within music; the brilliant, young violist Matthew Lipman will perform Clarice Assad’s Metamorfose, a deeply affecting piece that transposes pain and loss to freedom and acceptance. Musical transformations feature in cyclical works by Shostakovich and Mendelssohn played by the remarkable Jupiter String Quartet, and the musical re-imaginings featured in Christopher Houlihan’s organ recital program, as well as in Kati Agócs’ Imprimatur (2018), in which a single musical idea imprints itself in our memory. The transformative power of homage animates the literature-inspired Union Hall program performed by tenor Nicholas Phan, oboist James Austin Smith and pianist Henry Kramer, and several of violinist Jennifer Koh’s Bach for Breakfast programs, as well as Brad Balliett’s Free But Miserable, a set of Viennese-style waltzes reimagined from a 21st century American perspective. Our season ends with a poignant human story of self-discovery in a concert performance of the magnificent contemporary opera, As One by Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, which follows a transgender woman on her journey of transformation and acceptance.
Familiar friends including violinist Geoff Nuttall, pianist Pedja Muzijevic and cellist Joshua Roman, are joined by artists who are new to Bay Chamber audiences including the incredible, Grammy nominated countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and hurdy-gurdy virtuoso Guilhem Desq in our 2019 celebration of great music, conversation and community. I hope you’ll join us for many concerts this summer; I feel certain that the artists and programs featured this year will inspire, uplift, embolden, and I hope, transform us all in meaningful ways.
We’re delighted to invite you to our sparkling season of music and community, bringing together artists, creative thinkers, dreamers, strangers and friends, all with the same impulse - to fill the summer with gorgeous music and brilliant conviviality. We all look forward to seeing you at the concerts this summer!
The Thomas Wolf Artistic Director Chair